UN Rwanda empowers rural youth through film

IN a bid to empower the youth with professional skills, United Nations Rwanda and the Ministry of Youth collaborated with Vision Jeunesse Nouvelle, a local NGO to train Rubavu District’s youth how to shoot and direct films.
The youth during  practice of how to shoot a film scene.
The youth during practice of how to shoot a film scene.

IN a bid to empower the youth with professional skills, United Nations Rwanda and the Ministry of Youth collaborated with Vision Jeunesse Nouvelle, a local NGO to train Rubavu District’s youth how to shoot and direct films.

With UNICEF’s support, access to educational films and songs produced by young Rwandans have been made accessible.

“I am very happy to be telling my story to so many people” said 20-year-old film director, Patrick Benda. His film ‘My life my strength’ is based on the importance strength that comes with good health which in turn enables the youth to build their communities.

Another fascinating film ‘The Jerry Can’ by Bienfait Uwizeye, 17, had a strong message about children’s rights.

“I wanted to tell people why it’s important for children to have an education, good health care and not be overworked,” said Uwizeye.

Other short stories included 18-year-old Elisee Uwiringiyumukiza’s ‘Practice DJ’ and the somber ‘Forgive and Forget’ by 14-year-old Grace Kamariza.

All films had unique plots but the show stopper was the film by 14-year-old Aisha Umuhoza, ‘I Can Protect Myself’.

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